Process for reporting safeguarding concerns
If you are made aware of any allegations or suspicions of harm to a child, you should report your concerns immediately to the relevant contacts within the University. Below is a link to a flowchart showing the step-by-step investigation process.
When working through the process it is recommended that you:
- Remain calm and reassure the person that they have done the right thing by speaking up
- Listen carefully and give the person time to speak
- Explain that only the professionals who need to know will be informed, but never promise confidentiality
- Act immediately, and do not try to address the issue yourself
- Write a statement, giving as much detail as possible; date & time, what was said, how you acted, any names / parties mentioned
- Report to your line manager who is then responsible for contacting the LSO. It is the duty of anyone working with children to report disclosure or harm
- Remember that it is not for you to decide whether or not a suspicion or claim is true; all instances must be taken seriously
If you are concerned that there is an immediate risk of serious harm to a child, please contact the emergency services without delay on 999 or 101.